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Over 8,000 Candidates Set For WAEC’s Maiden Computer-Based Examination

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L-R: E. N. Onodu, senior deputy registrar, Test Administration, Amos Josiah Dangut, HNO and S.D. Kum, acting director of admin at the press conference announcing the maiden CB-WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 - First Series in Lagos

…results to be released 45 days after

A total of 8,285 registered candidates across the Federation will sit for the maiden edition of the CB-WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, in Nigeria, Amos Josiah Dangut, head of National Office of the West African Examinations Council, Nigeria has said.

According to Dangut, the examination will commence Wednesday, January 31 through to Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Nigeria, spanning two (2) weeks and four (4) days.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the conduct of the maiden Computer-Based examination at the Waec Nigeria Office, Yaba, Lagos on Monday, 29th January 2024, Dangut said the examination will be delivered in hybrid mode.

According to him, the hybrid mode entails that, the objective or multiple choice questions will be rendered on-screen and candidates are required to give their responses on the screen.

“The Essay and Practical questions will be rendered on-screen, likewise, but candidates will be required to respond using the answer booklets provided,” he said.

On the decision to deploy this method, Dangut said that it is in line with WAEC Nigeria’s vision of being a world-class examining body and its core value of innovation, adding that this bold step will also offer candidates a viable alternative to the Pen and Paper model of examinations while giving its stakeholders and publics, a view of the great potentials that exist in Computer-based approach to assessments.

Dangut further said that the results of candidates who sit the examination will be released 45 days after the conduct of the last paper, while duly awarded certificates will be available on request via certrequest.waec.org.ng.

He said WAEC as an organisation with the core values of Excellence, Integrity and Professionalism undergirding its processes, analysing its plans, identifying possible hiccups and providing solutions thereto.

“The CBT centres where the examination would be hosted across the nation were inspected with checklists and equipped with servers for the duration of the examination,” Dangut said.

On WAEC’s contributions to education via ICT, Dangut said the examination body being the foremost examining body, for the past seventy-one years of its existence has continued to improve its service delivery across the board, by leveraging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the dynamic industry of assessment.

In his words, great strides have been made in Digital Certificate, Computer-Based Testing Services, EDUSTAT, WAEC Chatbot and WAEC Verify.

A breakdown of the statistics of the examination shows that a total of 8,285 candidates registered for the examination. Out of this number, 3,949 are male, representing 47.66percent while 4336 are female, representing 52.3 percent of the total candidature.

“Candidates would be examined in 19 subjects, made up of 26 papers. For the successful conduct of the examination and to curb examination malpractices, carefully selected examination officials have been trained by the Council to serve as Proctors during the conduct of the examination,” Dangut said.

The WAEC HNO lauded the minister of education, the minister of State for Education, all the State Ministries of Education, and all stakeholders, for their usual support and cooperation.

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